Stranraer F.C.

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Stranraer FC
Stranraer FC logo.svg
Full name Stranraer Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues
Founded 1870
Ground Stair Park,
Stranraer, Scotland
Ground Capacity 6,250 [1]
Manager Stephen Aitken
League Scottish League One
2012–13 Scottish Second Division, 8th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Stranraer Football Club is a Scottish semi-professional football club based in the town of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. The club was founded in 1870, making it the third oldest football club in Scotland behind Queen's Park and Kilmarnock. The club currently competes in the Scottish League One as a member of the Scottish Professional Football League. They also won the Scottish Second Division on two occasions, most recently in 1997–98 as well as coming runners-up in 2004–05. Its only ever national cup final came in 1996, when the club defeated First Division champions St. Johnstone 1–0 in the Scottish Challenge Cup final.

Stranraer's home ground is Stair Park, which has the capacity to seat around 1,830 spectators and 2,988 plus standing. The ground was opened in 1907 and is located in the east of Stranraer. The club is currently managed by Stephen Aitken after a spell as caretaker manager following the sacking of Keith Knox.

History[edit]

They were founded in 1870 and play their football at Stair Park.

With the league reformation at the end of the 1993–94 season, Stranraer found themselves playing in the new First Division in season 1994–95. Unfortunately, they finished rock bottom with only 17 points from 36 games. Stranraer spent three seasons in the Second Division before winning promotion back to the First Division at the end of the 1997–98 season. Once again, they finished bottom of the league, with the same points total as before and a whopping 29 defeats.

The club then spent a further four years in the Second Division, with the most notable event being a good Scottish Cup run in season 2002–03, which saw them go all the way to the Quarter Finals, where they were beaten 4–0 by SPL side Motherwell. However, the team's good Cup run did not reflect their league form, as they finished 9th in the Second Division, and thus were relegated to the Third Division for season 2003–04. However, the team's fortunes improved from there, as they won the Third Division at the first attempt, gaining promotion back to the Second Division. In season 2004–05, the team shocked most people, as they stayed in the top two for most of the campaign. A 1–1 draw with closest promotion rivals Morton on 30 April 2005 saw them gain promotion to the First Division for the third time, although they were relegated to the Second Division the following season.

The team had a largely unsuccessful campaign in 2006–07, in particular with heavy defeats by relegation rivals Peterhead and Forfar Athletic. They eventually finished 9th, which resulted in a play-off with Division 3 promotion contenders East Fife. A 4–2 aggregate defeat (despite winning the second leg 1–0) saw them relegated to the Third Division.

On 21 January 2009 club chairman Nigel Redhead stated that Stranraer F.C. owed £250,000, and had a 50–50 chance of survival to the end of the season.

On 22 January 2009, in response to the above, a small consortium launched the Friends of Stranraer F.C. to try to secure the club's future through donations from the football community at www.savestranraerfc.com.

On 23 January 2009, as part of efforts to reduce costs to a manageable level, key player Gregory Tade transferred to Clyde.

On 24 January 2009, Stirling Albion defeated Stranraer 8–2. Shortly after the game, Stranraer and team manager Derek Ferguson parted company by mutual consent.

On 4 April 2009, after a 3–0 loss to Raith Rovers, Stranraer's relegation to Division 3 was confirmed and this means Stranraer will have played in a different division for each of the last 8 seasons.

On 23 July 2011 they lost 8–0 to Morton in a Ramsdens Challenge Cup game. A year later, they lost 8–0 at home again, this time in the Scottish League Cup against Livingston.

The 2012 liquidation of Scottish Premier League side Rangers and the subsequent decision by SPL clubs to expel Rangers from the SPL led to Scottish Football League members clubs voting Rangers into the Scottish Third Division. That meant that an additional team from each tier of Scottish football was promoted for the 2012–13 season. As Stranraer were runners up in the previous season's third division promotion play-offs, they were promoted to Scottish Second Division.[2] They secured their place in the third tier of Scottish football after a 2–1 win at Stenhousemuir on the final day of the season. [3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 July 2013[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Chris Fahey
Scotland GK David Mitchell
Scotland DF Mark Docherty
Scotland DF Lloyd Kinnaird
Scotland DF David MacGregor
Scotland DF Frank McKeown
Scotland DF Scott Robertson
Scotland DF Scott Rumsby (on loan from Aberdeen)
Scotland DF Kieren Wood
Scotland MF Dean Agnew
Scotland MF Chris Aitken
Scotland MF Steven Bell
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Ryan Borris
Scotland MF Mark Corcoran
Scotland MF Grant Gallagher
Scotland MF Keiron Maxwell
Scotland MF Kyle Rafferty
Scotland MF Andrew Stirling
Scotland MF Sean Winter
Scotland FW Adam Forde
Scotland FW Martin Grehan
Scotland FW Jamie Longworth
Scotland FW David McKenna
For recent transfers, see Stranraer transfers in 2011–12 season.

Records[edit]

  • Most League points in a season:
    • 58 (Second Division – 1993–94) (2 Points for a Win)
    • 79 (Third Division – 2003–04) (3 Points for a Win)
  • Most League goals scored by a player in a season
  • Record Attendance
    • 6,500 vs Rangers, 24 January 1948

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

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